Suns' Cresse drives in seven runs

Homers twice in support of another strong start by Orenduff

(Jerry Hale/MLB.com)

May 23, 2006 9:18 PM

Justin Orenduff's strong pitching has been a constant for the Jacksonville Suns. Brad Cresse's power hitting had not.

Orenduff pitched seven solid innings and Cresse hit a pair of three-run homers to power the Jacksonville Suns to a 7-1 victory over the Huntsville Stars on Tuesday at Joe W. Davis Municipal Stadium.

Orenduff (3-2) continued his stellar pitching, retiring the first nine batters he faced. He allowed one run on two hits while striking out six. On May 18, the 22-year-old right-hander tossed six hitless innings against the Mississippi Braves.

Casey Hoorelbeke gave up one hit and struck out two over the final two innings to notch his second save.

Cresse belted three-run shots in the second and ninth innings -- his first home runs since Opening Day -- and added an RBI single in the fourth. He helped the Suns (27-19) win for the 10th time in 15 games.

Travis Ezi singled to lead off the fourth and scored the Stars' lone run on a wild pitch by Orenduff. Steve Moss and Adam Heether had the other hits for Huntsville (20-25), which has dropped five straight games.

Stars starter Chris Mabeus (0-1) surrendered three runs on five hits in three innings and took the loss.

Marc Jimenez is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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